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Louisiana’s House and Senate Transportation committees have spent the past couple of weeks on the road, seeing and hearing firsthand what needs to be done around the state.

“What we heard loud and clear was the locals really know what they need, and if you can’t get it done then let us do it. Let us get a local option,” Joint Transportation chair Page Cortez said.


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Pat Forbes, Louisiana Office of Community Development Director, updated the Legislature’s Homeland Security Committee yesterday on recovery from the 2016 floods.

“We know that recovery - disaster recovery especially for homeowners - is never fast enough. We’re 14 months after the August flood,17 months after the March flood," explains Forbes.


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With a statewide election on Saturday, this would normally be the time the mute button on your TV remote becomes your best friend. This year, though, campaign commercials for the state Treasurer’s race have been few and far between.

With overall voter turnout predicted to be between 15 and 20% statewide, the race isn’t inspiring voters, campaign donors, or much creativity in the few ads that are out there.

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It’s no secret that Louisiana has been steadily cutting back financial support for higher education.

“Ten years ago, the taxpayer funded about 70% of our operation. Today, the taxpayer funds about 18% of our operation.”

But when University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, he also said, “This would not be a higher education conversation if I didn’t complain a little bit about funding. I want to put a little bit different spin on that, if I can though.”


Wallis Watkins

“There’s no excuse for using any kind of weapon to try and take the life of an innocent person,” Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise said, when he appeared on NBC’s  Meet the Press Sunday. The discussion revolved around his stance on gun control in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting.


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Congress has voted to give victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria some tax relief as they recover from the disastrous storms. But taxpayers in Louisiana who flooded in 2016 won’t get the same assistance.


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Will Louisiana’s legislators propose new laws in reaction to the tragic Las Vegas shootings? If the past five years are any guide, it's very likely they will.

Let's explore that timeline.

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Is Louisiana ready to respond to a tragedy like the one in Las Vegas? According to Mike Steele with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, they’re as ready as anyone can be for a horrific event such as this.

He says state and local first responders practice for situations like this all the time.

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With the current trio of constitutional amendments on the ballot, voters are being asked to prohibit some taxes and lock away the proceeds of others. But doesn’t that contradict what we’ve been hearing from many state lawmakers?


Scalise Returns

Sep 29, 2017
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“For what purpose does the gentleman from Louisiana seek recognition?” U.S House Speaker Paul Ryan asked, with a laugh.

“To speak out of order, Mr. Speaker,” Congressman Steve Scalise responded, to cheers and applause from then entire House , as well as a packed gallery.

“The gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume,” Ryan acknowledged.

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